There are many things I will never forgive Bush for, but high on the list is his trashing of science, like asserting the idea that evolution vs. creationism is just a difference of opinion, like whether a Mac or a PC is better, and trying to make that non-existent ambivalence policy for public education.
But every time I tell myself that they just can't get any more fucking batshit insane than they have, they prove that they can top themselves. Here we go again. The National Park Service is being required by the White House to refuse to discuss the age of the Grand Canyon in order to avoid contradicting the biblical account of creation:
Washington, DC — Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah's flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three years later no review has ever been done and the book remains on sale at the park, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
"In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology," stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. “It is disconcerting that the official position of a national park as to the geologic age of the Grand Canyon is 'no comment.'"
So the Grand Canyon was carved by Noah's flood, and this is what Bush's fundamentalist supporters want to teach park visitors, with the support of the White House. This isn't funny. It's absurd, insane, ludicrous, mad, but it isn't funny. It's dangerous. That the most powerful nation in history has fallen into this kind of ignorance, fantasy, and religious fanaticism, right up to the highest levels, is not funny at all. It's terrifying.